Into the Jaws for big-wave rider in Hawaii

The West Australian March 30, 2012, 11:27 am

Jeff Rowley catches a monster wave in Hawaii. Pictures: Minnie Vuong/ Xvolution Media

Victorian surfer Jeff Rowley has been announced as one of five finalists in the 2012 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards for this ride in Hawaii.

Rowley caught the wave in January at the infamous Peahi ‘Jaws’ in Maui.

He paddled in at Jaws, which until recently was considered impossible to catch and ride without the use of a jet ski ‘tow-in’ and foot straps.

He said he was "excited to have my achievements in big wave surfing recognised by my peers and the Billabong XXL Awards”.

“I’ve had laser beam focus this year to make sure I was at the biggest and best swells at the world’s best big wave locations.

“Paddling in to massive waves in extreme conditions is the new frontier in big wave surfing and I’m glad to be at the forefront of this movement”.

“I’m really excited about the next few years to see where we can take paddle in surfing as we rewrite the history books of what’s possible”

Rowley’s nominated ride was part of his "Charge for Charity" quest to overcome his fears by paddling in and catching a 50 foot wave to raise $1 million for Breast Cancer Australia.

The winner of the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Ride of the Year will get $50,000.

The award winners will be announced next month.

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